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Brand Name Apple Creek
Rating (5)    
Company by Apple Creek
Location Maine
Market Area Farmer's markets, small retailers in Maine
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Five-egg brands are at the top of the pecking order in terms of our 28 scoring criterion. And the brands, highlighted in gold, such as this one, are rotating their birds in mobile coops to the pasture. They are truly what we consider the "gold standard" in terms of certified organic egg production. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

Apple Creek Farm, LLC is a MOFGA certified organic farm located in Bowdoinham Maine. The farm was established by the Galle family in 1985 and is now run by the second-generation. Jake Galle and Abby Sadauckas co-own and operate the farm utilizing a variety of sustainable farming practices including multi-species grazing. The farm produces certified organic, grass-fed beef, lamb and goat, as well as pasture-raised, certified organic poultry (broilers, geese and turkeys) and free-range certified organic eggs. Other livestock products include: hay, wool, cashmere, sheep and goat skins. Apple Creek Farm products are sold locally in Brunswick year-round at both farmers markets and local food retailers.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 100 MOFGA
Commitment to Organics 80 markets both organic and conventional eggs
Indoor Space per Bird 60 avg 3 sq ft/hen over year
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, litter, pasture
Litter Management 80 freshened as needed
Natural Light 100 birds have ample access to outdoors for natural light
Outdoor Space per Bird 100
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 at least one door for every 75 hens
Outdoor Enrichments 100 water, shade, feed
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 outdoor access year-round except during the coldest temps
Outdoor Management System 90 mobile housing moved weekly, fixed in winter
Manure Handling System 100 manure recycled on the farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 2.5-3 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 most sold live as backyard birds, some processed by family for stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 80 3-5% annually
Pullets 80 raises own pullets from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 by 2nd week of life
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but access to pasture
US Grown Feed 70 actively work to secure US grown feed but can't be certain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2330
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)